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Infante Dom Henrique de Avis, 1st Duke of Viseu and 1st lord of Covilhã (Porto, March 4, 1394 – Sagres, November 13, 1460), was a Portuguese infant and the most important figure at the beginning of the era of discoveries, popularly known as Infante de Sagres or O Navegador.
His mortal remains are buried in the Monastery of Batalha.
During his father's reign, expansion to Africa and the Atlantic began. Henrique played an important role in this phase. The explorations continued during the following reigns and the regency of Infant Pedro.
On May 25, 1420, D. Henrique was appointed Governor of the Order of Christ, a position he held until the end of his life. With regard to its interest in the exploration of the Atlantic Ocean, the order's position and resources were decisive throughout the 1440s. Since it took on the tutelage of the Order, the sails began to use the cross of Christ.
In 1427, its navigators discovered the first islands of the Azores, by Diogo de Silves. Another date points to 1431, by Gonçalo Velho. These uninhabited islands were also later populated by the Portuguese.
Until the time of Infante D. Henrique, Cape Bojador was for Europeans the southernmost known point on the coast of Africa. Gil Eanes, who led one of the expeditions, was the first to overtake him in 1434, eliminating then-current fears about the unknown that would lie beyond the cape.


Infante Dom Henrique de Avis, 1st Duke of Viseu and 1st lord of Covilhã (Porto, March 4, 1394 – Sagres, November 13, 1460), was a Portuguese infant and the most important figure at the beginning of the era of discoveries, popularly known as Infante de Sagres or O Navegador.
His mortal remains are buried in the Monastery of Batalha.
During his father's reign, expansion to Africa and the Atlantic began. Henrique played an important role in this phase. The explorations continued during the following reigns and the regency of Infant Pedro.
On May 25, 1420, D. Henrique was appointed Governor of the Order of Christ, a position he held until the end of his life. With regard to its interest in the exploration of the Atlantic Ocean, the order's position and resources were decisive throughout the 1440s. Since it took on the tutelage of the Order, the sails began to use the cross of Christ.
In 1427, its navigators discovered the first islands of the Azores, by Diogo de Silves. Another date points to 1431, by Gonçalo Velho. These uninhabited islands were also later populated by the Portuguese.
Until the time of Infante D. Henrique, Cape Bojador was for Europeans the southernmost known point on the coast of Africa. Gil Eanes, who led one of the expeditions, was the first to overtake him in 1434, eliminating then-current fears about the unknown that would lie beyond the cape.

 

Infante Dom Henrique de Avis, 1st Duke of Viseu and 1st lord of Covilhã (Porto, March 4, 1394 – Sagres, November 13, 1460), was a Portuguese infant and the most important figure at the beginning of the era of discoveries, popularly known as Infante de Sagres or O Navegador.
His mortal remains are buried in the Monastery of Batalha.
During his father's reign, expansion to Africa and the Atlantic began. Henrique played an important role in this phase. The explorations continued during the following reigns and the regency of Infant Pedro.
On May 25, 1420, D. Henrique was appointed Governor of the Order of Christ, a position he held until the end of his life. With regard to its interest in the exploration of the Atlantic Ocean, the order's position and resources were decisive throughout the 1440s. Since it took on the tutelage of the Order, the sails began to use the cross of Christ.
In 1427, its navigators discovered the first islands of the Azores, by Diogo de Silves. Another date points to 1431, by Gonçalo Velho. These uninhabited islands were also later populated by the Portuguese.
Until the time of Infante D. Henrique, Cape Bojador was for Europeans the southernmost known point on the coast of Africa. Gil Eanes, who led one of the expeditions, was the first to overtake him in 1434, eliminating then-current fears about the unknown that would lie beyond the cape.

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